Those who’ve thought about it too long are going to find this a bitter pill to swallow: The US government has just issued a change in price for the cost of renouncing citizenship or giving up a long-term green card. US citizens who have been renouncing in record numbers have had to pay $450 for administrative fees until now.
The new fee: $2,350, effective 6 September but probably going into effect only 12 or 13 September. The change is a 422 percent increase, according to the Federal Register.
New citizens are charged $680 to file an application for citizenship: $595 application fee and $85 fingerprinting fee.
The explanation: the administrative burden of handling the requests is so great that the fee must be increased to cover the cost. The official bumpf is that “the Department of State is adjusting the fees in light of the findings of a recent Cost of Service study to ensure that the fees for consular services better align with the costs of providing those services.” Read the excerpt below on public interest for the full explanation. Nowhere is there a discussion about trying to reduce the cost.
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